Building Effective International Joint Venture Leadership Teams in China

Li, Jiatao; Xin, Katherine R.; Tsui, Anne; Hambrick, Donald C.
March 1999
Journal of World Business;Spring99, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p52
Academic Journal
An overlooked factor affecting the success or failure of international joint ventures is the effectiveness of the leadership teams put in charge. In this paper, we analyze the special features of leadership teams in Chinese-foreign joint ventures and identify ways to improve their effectiveness. We identify five key elements of the IJV leadership team-composition, process, structure, incentives, and the leader's behaviors-that have important implications for IN success. Our analysis is based on the literature on top management teams, cross-cultural behavior, international joint ventures, and our own in-depth interviews with leadership teams from international joint ventures in China.


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